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Wi-Fi grows like topsy

by on01 February 2012

NPD In-Stat says it is the new black

Beancounters working for NPD In-Stat say that the Wi-Fi chipset market continues to march forward at a brisk pace as a growing number of consumer electronics are integrating Wi-Fi.

According to NPD's latest report, as Wi-Fi connectivity grows, and prices for chipsets decrease, new markets for Wi-Fi are opening in areas traditionally dominated by other wireless connectivity standards. The report said that new markets such as smart meters, wireless mice, automobiles, and home automation will help drive sales of Wi-Fi chipsets to $6.1 billion in 2015.

Analyst Greg Potter wrote that broadband speeds are not yet fully utilizing the available bandwidth allowed by Wi-Fi.  But newer use cases, such as streaming high-definition video from devices to the TV, mean there needs to be an increase in bandwidth.
New standards such as 802.11ac will provide that necessary speed increase, he wrote.

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